Alan Wilder Crutcher

December 21, 1953 - June 10, 1997

Alan Wilder Crutcher

Alan Wilder Crutcher, internationally renowned hair stylist and co-owner of the Alan Wilder Salon in Georgetown, died at home, Tuesday, June 10, 1997 following a brief and courageous battle with lung cancer.  He was 43.

Alan was born in York, England, on December 21, 1953, but spent most of his early life in Leeds.  Early in life, Alan exhibited tremendous musical and artistic talent, and was ultimately selected for the National Youth Theatre.  Alan then attended hair dressing college in England, receiving his Advanced City & Guilds Certificate in Hairdressing, and was recruited by Vidal Sassoon.  In the years following, Alan worked in Sassoon salons in London, Leeds, and Liverpool; opened and managed his own highly successful salon in Leeds; and then joined the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship as a stylist for Steiner's.

Alan then moved to Bermuda, where he met his life partner, Don Wilder Plett.  The two moved to Washington, DC where they worked together for the next 15 years to build a successful hair dressing dynasty.  Alan's artistic expertise was recently recognized by Aveda, when he achieved the status of National Educator in advanced hair cutting and design.

Alan was a talented artist, enjoying drawing, painting, and photography.  He also enjoyed traveling, and entertaining his many friends.  He and Wilder frequently hosted fabulous parties, and their home served as gathering place at holidays and other special events.

In addition to his partner, Wilder, Alan is survived by his mother and father, Audrey and Edward Crutcher and his brother, John, of Leeds, England.

Alan will be sadly missed by work, colleagues and friends.


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